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14 August 2011, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset: Exeter’s Harrison Greenberry survived a late fight back from Lincolnshire’s Patrick Kelly to win the 85th Boys Amateur Championship at Burnham & Berrow.

Greenberry had been three up heading to the 30th hole of an engrossing 36-hole final, but then had to watch as his English international opponent whittled away his lead, before bouncing back with an up-and-down par for victory on the 37th hole.

The 17-year-old becomes the first Devon boy to win the title since Mark Grieve emerged victorious over the same Somerset course back in 1982, and he plans to have a double celebration with his elder sister Lucinda, who turned 20 today and was at Burnham & Berrow to watch the action unfold.

The final started in relatively calm weather but not long before the end the wind was gusting up to 25 miles-per-hour, making scoring extremely difficult. Kelly, in particular, struggled on the greens and will rue the three three-putts he had on the first four holes in the afternoon, just when Greenberry seemed to be going through a momentary lapse.

Greenberry had been two up at lunch but Kelly won the 421-yard par-4 second with a par and then got back to all square for the first time since the 8th in the morning, when he secured another par on the treacherous 195-yard par-3 fifth, where Greenberry missed the green to the left.

The Devon County player looked at that stage to have a fight on his hands but Kelly lost three holes in-a-row to pars from the ninth before mounting a charge of his own with a birdie on the 401-yard 12th and a magnificent eagle on the 558-yard par-5 13th, where he hit a majestic low running long iron under the wind to five feet from the hole.

Greenberry went back to two up on the 14th where Kelly missed from 8-feet for a par but the 17-year-old from Boston West refused to go down without a fight and promptly won the 14th and 17th with pars before finally succumbing, when he missed the green on the first extra hole and then failed to get up-and-down.

“This is awesome, absolutely awesome,” said the new champion. “When I came here this week all I was trying to do was make the cut and then try to get through a couple of rounds but now I have won what’s probably the biggest boys’ event in the world.

“To be honest, I think it will be a while before it sinks in,” he added.

“Tonight we’ll have a big party, not just for me but also for my sister. It will be a double celebration and we migh